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Human Factors

Human factors research programs deal with the evaluation of human performance in applied environments, including air traffic control, aeronautics, military deployments, and aging and disabled populations, with emphases on cognitive performance assessment and human computer interaction. Other areas of interest include biomechanics, work physiology, information systems design, product design, and work place design. Research has recently examined air traffic control displays, manipulation of multiple devices, and evaluation of computer-based testing systems.

Centers and Laboratories

The Cognitive Assessment and System Engineering Laboratory conducts research on the design and assessment of interfaces, information technology products, and complex human-machine systems based on human information processing capabilities and limitations. On-going research projects include information complexity analysis of Air Traffic Control (ATC) displays, usability evaluation of mobile device displays, and E-Commerce websites studies. This lab also serves as a teaching lab and a data collection facility for human performance data. This lab is located in Carson Engineering Center, Room 29.

The Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory features a STISIM Drive M100 interactive driving simulator. Researchers in the School of Industrial Engineering and the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering are using the simulator to develop and test infrastructure-based collision prevention systems for intersections. The simulator includes a display with 45-degree field-of-view, Logitech game-type driving controls, and customizable simulation software. Users can program common driving scenarios using the STISIM Drive software or can write their own Visual Basic programs for custom applications, such as testing novel warning devices. This lab is located in Carson Engineering Center, Room 26.

Recent Theses and Dissertations

"An Empirical Study of Information Complexity of Visual Display using Air Traffic Control Datablock," advised by Chen Ling

"Development and Validation of Metrics to Evaluate Robotics Operator Performance," advised by Robert Schegel

"The Effects of Age and Asymmetry on Postural Control Muscle Activations during Manual Material Handling Tasks," advised by Randa Shehab